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RATINGS: 171   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.03/5   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
Brewed (with help from our great friend Jean of Tired Hands!) on the day of my grandmother’s passing (Norma), this is an inspired Biere de Mars fermented entirely in oak and inoculated with our house spontaneous culture.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Vestergaard (1577) - Aarhus C, DENMARK - JUL 14, 2015
Bottle thanks to Bursprak. Pours a lovely reddish amber with a off white head. Aroma has cherry, funk, oak, slight syrup, lots of fruit and is very dry. Taste is tart, citrus peely, very funky and dry. Slight caramel and honey sweetness to balance.Slightly boozy. Very delicate and elegant barrel character. Fairly full body and average to high carbonation. Very nice!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
kermis (9985) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUL 4, 2015
Bottle shared. Pours cloudy amber brown with a small tan head. Aroma of big vinous notes, strong oak, tart light fruits, grapes, also tart overripe dark fruits and a touch of caramel giving it Flemish brown qualities. The honey also comes out with lightly floral notes as well as a nice light bretty funk. Flavour is moderate sweet and light moderate sour. Over medium bodied with light carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
deanso (8440) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUL 4, 2015
Bomber courtesy of and shared with Kermis. Big thanks. Funky aroma. Thin creamy off white head. a mixture of sweet and sour in the aftertaste. Nicely balanced

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RasmusOtt (2177) - Aarhus, DENMARK - JUN 24, 2015
Bottle thanks to Bursprak. Pours cloudy amber with a white head. Aroma has a nice farmhouse-styled dryness along with some citrus notes, some oak, green grapes, weak elderflower and classic HF yeast strain funk. The taste is tart and fresh with notes of green apples, grapes, oak, white wine, barnyard and with a dry end. Balanced and nice beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bursprak (2284) - Aarhus, DENMARK - JUN 21, 2015
Bottle shared at Dangerous Bottle Share 12.0. From a trade on BA. Hazy amber pour with a decent white head. Nose is tart, red berries, vinous and light vinegar. Taste is oaky, vanilla, tannins, leather, light tartness and some honey notes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jackl (6814) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 17, 2015
Bottle @ Travlr’s Satellite 10k Shindig. Slightly hazy amber pour with a small off-white head. A pretty musty beast. Plenty of rich malts, caramel, Attic. Floral hoppiness and grape stones. Taste is brighter. Accents of tropical fruits, mango. A touch of honeyed melon. Reasonably lean. A touch of tartness on the finish. Easy drinking. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Klimaet (1605) - Aarhus N, DENMARK - JUN 15, 2015
Big thanks to Bursprak for bringing the HF-goods :) Pours dark hazy orange with a thin white head. Aromas of vinegar, champagne-like notes, tart red berries, gooseberries, sweet esters, lots of funk, oak, leather. Taste is bretty, funky, tart red berries, dark malts, vinegar, earth, woody musty notes, leather. Not a style that can get me all fired up but pretty darn good anyway!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
MetalNHopHead (1298) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - MAY 23, 2015
Biere de Norma is my first Biere de Garde and a strange creature in terms of flavor. Norma is redolent of rotting fruit, sour yeast, vinous grape, and tart apple. Its fizzy body and reddish hue will make you think of sparkling wine rather than beer. Taste leaves nothing to question, though. Lots of funk and earthiness here. The oak adds a somewhat musty, bittersweet character to this brew. The sour aroma and funky flavor get some getting used to, but this is a one-of-a-kind brew with class to spare.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HuskerTan (1559) - Kearney, Nebraska, USA - MAY 22, 2015
(Thanks, Adam! "AdamJackson") Bottle. A- Sour, tart, funky, citrus, apple. A- Mahogany color, clear liquid, off white head. T- Sour, tart, dark fruits, citrus, funk. P- Medium body, average texture, medium carbonation, sour finish. O- My first Biere de Garde so I really can’t comment on how it compares to the style although seeing the ratings it’s obviously the best. To me this is more of a sour red/brown but who cares, either way it’s a solid beer. Pretty sour but still manageable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
MacBoost (1735) - Penfield, New York, USA - MAY 2, 2015
Bottle via trade, pretty sure I won this one because I only sent a BoT for it. Pours a reddish murky Amber with a small off white head. Aromas of plain yogurt, oak, fruit. Taste is heavily lactic, medium tart, not sweet but not dry. Flavors of creamy yogurt, wood, some dark sour fruit, funk. Not puckering, but plenty on the sour side. Not sure it’s a "Biere de garde", more like a sour red/brown. Nonetheless, this is outstanding. Bravo!

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